Vineyard/Wine Tours in Tuscany?
I will be in Tuscany in mid-November and am looking to visit some vineyards. I have not firmed up the itinerary yet so I am really open to any area of Tuscany. I will have a car. I looked into the Fattoria dei Barbi, however I am under the impression that you only visit the cellars. With that said, I am more interested in a tour that will allow you to walk on the actual grounds and also focuses on the viticulture. If anyone can recommend any vineyards or recount any experiences from their travels, I would be grateful.
Most wineries in Italy do not offer tours like you would find in the U.S. in Napa/Sonoma. Many now have tasting rooms, but, unless you have contacts in the wine business or speak Italian, I doubt you will find much more than that available. Castello Banfi, near Montalcino, is as well equiped as any winery to welcome visitors, but I do not know if they offer vineyard tours.
You might want to contact the Chianti Classico wine group and see what they suggest.